I woke up this morning to the news that my children’s book, Peggy Larkin’s War, had reached number one in the Amazon, children’s historical adventure chart. Needless to say I was delighted by the news, not least because this is my third number one book. The other two, Magic Molly, The Mirror Maze and Stanley Stickle Hates Homework, both reached the pinnacle in the Amazon children’s free chart. Not bad to say they were up against classics like Treasure Island and Kidnapped. Peggy isn’t a free book though and this made the event even more special, especially after the book appeared in the Guardian newspaper’s, ‘Best Children’s Books about World War Two,’ blog. Thanks to everyone who has bought the book, I know adults like it as much as children.
Peggy Larkin’s War, is the story of a young evacuee from London at the outbreak of the war. Peggy is put on a train and sent off to the countryside where she will have to live with complete strangers. Here’s the blurb from the back of the book.
London 1939 and the city’s children must be evacuated to the countryside to keep them safe from the German bombs. After a tearful goodbye at the station, Peggy Larkin is sent to live with strangers in the country, unsure if she’ll ever see her parents again.
Peggy meets the ultra strict Mrs Henderson and does her best to fit into country life. But what secret lies behind the locked door in the big house? Who is the man hiding out in the woods? Peggy finds a friend in Alfie, another London evacuee and together they try to solve the mystery.